Gaza flotilla

Hopeful signs

July 7, 2011

Although the second flotilla to Gaza met a farcical end this week, few Israelis were laughing. The activists quickly switched to a plan to swamp Ben-Gurion airport, a sign that their efforts to embarrass and confront Israel are far from over.

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Security up as Gaza activists plan air flotilla

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

Israel's police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld has said that there will be additional security forces at Ben Gurion airport this week, as pro-Palestinian activists pledged to arrive by air to protest against the naval blockade of Gaza.

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Spanish flotilla activists occupy Athens embassy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Spanish pro-Palestinian activists have launched a sit-in in an embassy in Athens to protest against Greece's decision to stop flotillas sailing from their ports to Gaza.

A group of 21 activists have refused to leave the Spanish embassy, although not all are currently inside the building.

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Activists say French flotilla has set sail for Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

French pro-Palestinian activists have reportedly managed to sail a boat out of a Greek port with the intention of breaking the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

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Gaza flotilla Brits lobby David Cameron

By Jessica Elgot, July 4, 2011

Although no British ship has joined the ill-fated flotilla from Athens to Gaza, this week activists in the UK have been lobbying Prime Minister David Cameron and the Greek ambassador to "guarantee their safe passage".

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Activists reject Greek flotilla aid solution

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2011

The pro-Palestinian activists who hope to breach the blockade of the Gaza Strip have rejected a Greek offer to take the cargo of the flotilla to Gaza for them.

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What Gaza really needs: not a boat-load of activists

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2011

Almost six years since Israel disengaged from the Gaza Strip, nothing there is what it seems.

A Hamas junta rules, but the civilian government departments are run from the PA in Ramallah, financed by money Israel allows to go through.

A blockade is ostensibly in place, but hundreds of lorries go through the crossings from Israel every day, carrying almost everything except what is now a limi

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Gaza boat sails down the Thames

By Jessica Elgot, June 30, 2011

As commuters sipped their morning lattes on London's Southbank, a small band of activists boarded their own Free Gaza "flotilla". But it was a far cry from the Mavi Marmara. The vessel was hired from London Party Boats and the downstairs bar was declared open as passengers stepped aboard. They included Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Faithless guitarist Dave Randall.

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Israeli navy on alert as second Gaza flotilla looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2011

The boats of the second Gaza flotilla are expected finally to set sail this weekend from the Greek coast.

The flotilla was initially planned to sail on Tuesday but a number of delays, including a mysteriously broken propeller shaft and anonymous complaints to the Greek Coast Guard, have delayed embarkation.

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Irish flotilla activists accuse Israel of sabotage

By Robyn Rosen, June 30, 2011

Irish Palestine campaigners have accused "agents of Israel" of damaging a ship they planned to send to Gaza.

According to the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the ship, the MV Saoirse, had been "sabotaged". It accuses "agents of Israel" of the "extensive" damage but does not provide any evidence to back up the claim or detail the alleged damage.

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